New noise report checker and advice service for Hackney bars and clubs

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Bars and clubs in Hackney can see noise reports and planning applications as they come in on a new online checker developed by Hackney Council. 

The new online tool helps venues investigate noise reports internally, provide guidance to resolve any common issues and maintain positive relationships with neighbours.

The new tool is available to all licensed premises on the Council’s existing Hackney Nights online portal, where premises can already access advice, training and guidance. 

It also helps businesses get involved in the planning process, automatically sending new planning applications in a half mile radius so they can comment on development that could impact the future sustainability of their business. 

Funding of £20,000 to develop the online tool was provided by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan from his Business Friendly Licensing Fund. Launched in 2022, the fund allows boroughs to trial ideas that make licensing policies and processes less time consuming and costly for local businesses. Five boroughs received funding in round one, with Merton and Westminster also receiving grants in round two.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas OBE, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services

We know that reports of noise from local venues can often be easily resolved by following a few simple steps.

This new tool gives businesses early notice of a noise report and advice on steps to take, helping reduce the disruption to residents and lessen the impact on businesses who want to be a good neighbour.

It shows that we’re continuing to support our thriving night time venues while also helping to reduce noise disturbance to local residents. I’d like to thank the GLA for this funding, which will help us to continue our close working relationship with licensed premises in the borough. 

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas OBE, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services
Amy Lamé, London's Night Czar

The Mayor has consistently supported businesses across our brilliant night-time industry and we’re delighted to be working with Hackney through our Business Friendly Licensing Fund. This innovative solution helps to build a better London for everyone and will allow night-time businesses to respond quickly to any planning applications that could have an impact on their venue, as well as helping to find collective solutions to any issues with noise, making business simpler and easier.

Amy Lamé, London's Night Czar

To find out more about the Hackney Nights scheme, visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/hackney-nights

Venues who wish to sign up can visit: https://www.hackneynights.co.uk/